We pulled up here after a day seeing Kings Canyon but were not staying the night. For future reference we spoke to the manager about rates and opening/closing dates. She advised that along with the rustic cabins there was a modern ‘home’ up on the ridge.
The woman seemed a little brusque and suspicious to us, (especially asking about the rates) which is in opposition to our anticipation of ‘hospitality’ in this industry. It’s remote here and nothing else outside of Cedar Grove/Grant Grove for lodging and food so why the wariness of getting some business for the lodge?
However we did go into the quaint and unusual office/restaurant area that is filled to overflowing with quirky paraphernalia! The young girl serving us our yummy ice creams (three flavours only - vanilla, chocolate and strawberry) was a little happier and chatted to us while we watched the busy hummingbirds out near the picnic tables.
We used the handy restrooms but we suspect they would be none too happy if you walked in without using or paying for a service – food, lodging or gas. (to be expected I guess). There are plenty of signs around stating 'don’t do this or that’ and a sign asking not to take a photo of the old gas pumps (without paying for gas?).
As quaint and beautifully positioned this Lodge is we just didn’t feel comfortable with the attitude of the people running it. We are very easy going but the owners and the word ’welcome’ don’t quite match. But, make up your own mind, she could have been just having an ‘off day’.
Enjoy your stay, meal or ice cream!
- Also Known As:
- Kings Canyon Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park